Student Success

Student Spotlight on Victoria Bridges '14

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:15pm

Would you please share your background with us?

I have been fortunate to call Mobile my hometown my entire life thus far. My freshman year at SHC I had originally planned to major in biology, however, after having a meeting with Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, I was able to learn what all psychology had to offer me and I decided to change majors. I was fascinated at all the different areas of study psychology offers and how it can be applied to everyday life.

Mark Tenhundfeld ’15 ~ Courtroom to the Classroom

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:15am

After sending his younger son off to college to pursue a degree in music production, Mark Tenhundfeld decided that it was time for a career change of his own. After practicing as an attorney for 26 years, Tenhundfeld applied to graduate school in the division of teacher education at Spring Hill College.

“I was attracted to SHC for two main reasons,” says Tenhundfeld. “First, Spring Hill has a schedule of courses that makes it possible to earn a master’s degree while working full-time. Second, I have the utmost respect for the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor.”

Jon Host ’15 ~ Graduate Student, MLA Program

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:30am

As a busy healthcare professional, husband, and father to three sons, it took strong family support and precisely the right program for Jon Host to add “graduate student” to his list of responsibilities.

Host, director of decision support for Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., had been away from the education environment for 17 years, but found Spring Hill College’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree track to be the perfect fit for his return to higher education.

Four Pillars of Leadership: The Jesuit Way ~ Fareed Raja, MBA '11

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:45am

One of many advantages of attending a Jesuit school is that a lot of focus is put in cultivating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. I attended one of the oldest Catholic Colleges in the U.S (Spring Hill College) for MBA studies. And a unique thing about majority of the curriculum was that I was taught to invest in people and give preference to 'sustainability' over 'quick money making'.

SHC Student-Athlete Award Winners Announced

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00am

The Spring Hill College Department of Athletics has announced the winners of its nine highest student-athlete awards for the 2013-2014 academic year with Brian Sims of Mobile and Taryn Nash from Independence, Mo., winning the Senior Athletes of the Year awards in recognition of their outstanding four-year careers. Taylor Eads of Slidell, La., was named the Male Athlete of the Year for his performance on the baseball diamond this season while Nash and softball pitcher Caroline Sagrera (shown in photo) from Baton Rouge, La., shared the Female Athletes of the Year honor.

Sami Maurer '15 ~ Graphic Designer, Student Athlete & Entrepreneur

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:30am

Spring Hill College’s Sami Maurer isn’t waiting until graduation to capitalize on her graphic design, marketing, and business management skills.

Ryan Wattam ’05 ~ Marine Biologist, NOAA Officer, & World Traveler

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:15pm

Since the age of 10, growing up in St. Louis, Mo., Ryan Wattam always knew he wanted to become a marine biologist. After graduation from high school, his love of the ocean, sea life, and water sports drew him to Spring Hill College—just a half hour’s drive from the Gulf Coast.

“I initially became interested in Spring Hill because of the strong marine biology program and proximity to the shore when compared to St. Louis,” says Wattam. “When I visited in early 2001, I was taken by the beauty of the campus, and how welcoming everyone was.”

Meeri Kangas ’15 ~ Peace, Love, and Theology

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:30am

Spring Hill College senior Meeri Kangas exudes the Jesuit ideal of “going forth and setting the world on fire.” The theology major from Irving, Texas is well-known across campus for her positive energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love for her fellow classmates.

After attending Nolan Catholic High School, Kangas knew she wanted a Jesuit-based college education, preferably in the South. She found the perfect fit with Spring Hill College.

Stephanie Prescott ’15 ~ Just Do It!

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:30pm

When business analyst Stephanie Prescott isn’t traveling internationally, training new employees, or handling projects for Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc., she’s hitting the books—studying finance, economics, and statistics. Prescott, a Spanish Fort, Ala., native who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from SHC in 1999, recently decided to return to the Hill to pursue her master’s degree in business administration.

Bill Harkins ’16 ~ Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:45am

After a distinguished career with the Marines spanning two decades, Bill Harkins returned to his hometown of Mobile, Ala., ready to pursue the next chapter in his life.

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